I was just thinking about this as the lightning storm faded into the distance. I used to be the first one to run outside, or while in N. California, to drive to the top of the dam to watch a lightning storm. Of course the car is pretty safe but I would get out! I never thought the odds of getting hit were actually signficant. But since becoming a lightning buff I have learned that the opposite is true. Also, Tsu and I were nearly hit by lightning; or at the least, it was so close that I could hear the ionic wind before the main discharge. And there was no discernable delay between the flash and the bang. This definitely got my attention! Finally, it doesn't take a direct hit to cause serious injuries; almost is often good enough. Not too long ago it was in the local news that a something like five to ten cows were all killed while standing under a tree that was hit by lightning. What's more, many lightning strike survivors are really screwed up for life; with all sorts of other problems popping up later. So now when I hear an approaching storm, I disconnect and terminate any land line and power connections, and I stay inside and watch out the window. In fact, here comes another one. gotta go.